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Food Resiliency in the Witch City; A GIS Model For Expanding Local Food Production in Salem, Massachusetts

Authors: Jacquelynn de Haan*, Salem State University
Topics: Food Systems, Urban Geography, Land Use
Keywords: Food Systems, Food Resiliency, Local Food, GIS, Urban Agriculture,
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/8/2020
Start / End Time: 3:20 PM / 4:35 PM
Room: Virtual Track 3
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The food system is a complex web of interdependence of various industries and municipalities on a local, national and global scale. Advocates for food security and sustainability are seeking production at the local scale rather than the global scale.
The 2016 Massachusetts Food System Plan seeks to promote and find ways to further local food production distribution across the commonwealth. This project seeks to identify suitable locations to expand local food production in Salem, Massachusetts. Located on the North Shore of Boston, Salem is a city of about 40,000 spanning 18 sq. miles. Using GIS I will examine the potential for expanding localized food production and increasing Salem’s food resiliency. I will be using GIS mapping to show available areas for localized food production such as Community Gardens, Small Urban Farms and more accessible food businesses. In addition to identifying parcels for urban agriculture this project will also seek to examine retail food availability and potential for other alternative methods for food distribution. By taking sea level rise predictions, available public land space, areas of low food accessibility and areas of low income I will visually present predictions of key beneficial locations for the city of Salem.

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